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Truckers face fines for texting behind the wheel

Texting while driving is a common form of distraction, something that lawmakers and police have been trying to put a stop to in many ways. When a driver isn't watching the road, he or she can quickly cause a deadly accident. This is bad enough with 3,000-pound passenger vehicles, but it's especially dangerous with semi trucks.

Drivers can be fined significantly if they are caught, as can their employers. For instance, the driver may be given a fine of $2,750, which is a heavy price to pay in its own right, and the employer could also be fined $11,000. Truck drivers can also get points on their records and license suspensions.

One of the biggest things to note about the no-texting rules is that they go further than just texting. For example, a driver may get a voicemail message, call in and then enter the numerical code to listen to the message. This violates the rule, even though he or she wasn't actually texting.

Other things that can trigger violations include typing in a GPS destination, dialing phone numbers, browsing the Internet and using social media sites. Drivers are supposed to pay attention to the road at all times, never pushing more than one button on their mobile devices. It's just too much of a distraction and the ramifications are too great.

Were you hit by a semi driver because that driver was looking at a mobile phone, rather than looking at the road? You may be able to get compensation for the medical costs you're facing, your pain and suffering, wages you've lost and more.

Source: CDL Training, "Texting While Driving Laws Result in Higher Fine for Truckers," accessed Nov. 22, 2016

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.